Together, both organizations agreed to continue working cooperatively and providing outreach, communication, and professional development opportunities.

Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Confirm (ARECC)

In a Leadership Perspective article in the January 2011 Synergist, AIHA-NIOSH partnership participants and colleagues presented the logic for expanding the historical industrial hygiene decision-making framework to become “Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Confirm.” The concept of “confirm” has always been implicit in the framework. It is clearly implicit in the discussion and pictorials in the AIHA® Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures. The new framework makes it explicit. As noted in the article, no formal mechanism is required to make ARECC an integral part of our everyday practice.

Graphic adapted from Hoover, M.D., T. Armstrong, T. Blodgett, A.K. Fleeger, P.W. Logan, B. McArthur, and P.J. Middendorf: Confirming Our Industrial Hygiene Decision-Making Framework, The Synergist, 22(1): 10, 2011.

If there are any questions regarding the AIHA-NIOSH Partnership, please contact Alla Orlova​, Managing Director of Education and Technical Initiatives at AIHA, by email or by phone 703-846-0741.